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Spicy Shrimp Tostadas
with Roasted Carrot Smash
By Jim Bailey, a.ka. "The Yankee Chef"

Most shrimp we eyeball in supermarkets is farm-raised "across the pond" or in
Latin America. It is then frozen and shipped around the world, being brought
back to its thawed stage by the stores that sell it. Wild Maine shrimp (
Pandalus
borealis
), as well as other Maine shellfish, is almost always fresh but they are
small. One pound can number anywhere between about 30-70 shrimp but are
well worth the purchase. There truly isn't anything more inviting than tasting
sweet Maine shrimp that is caught off the Maine coastline.

3 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 ounces Maine shrimp
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 poblano chile, seeded and minced
2 pounds carrots, peeled and halved
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons lime juice
6(6-inch) tortillas, flour or corn
Sour cream, optional
Grated lime zest for garnish

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Place the carrots on a baking sheet and bake for
40-45 minutes, or until tender. When there is about 7-8 minutes remaining, add
the tortillas directly on a middle rack and cook until crisp, about 6-7 minutes.
The tortillas should be crisp yet a little pliable. When carrots are done, place in a
large bowl with the honey and lime juice. Mash well, cover with film wrap and
set aside.

In a large skillet, add oil over medium-high heat. Add the poblano pepper and
cook 1 minute. Add the shrimp, chili powder, salt and pepper. Saute, stirring
constantly, until shrimp is cooked through, about 1 minute.

To assemble. Microwave the carrot mixture until hot. Place a crisp tortillas 6
serving plates and mound  an equal amount of Carrot Smash on each. Top with
equal amount of Spicy Shrimp and top each with sour cream and grated lime
zest.

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About the author: Jim Bailey is The Yankee Chef™. Bailey is a third
generation chef, a New England food historian and food columnist. His
new cookbook is called
The Yankee Chef: Feel Good Food for Every
Kitchen. He would love to hear from anyone about their old family
recipes. Email Jim Bailey any questions or comments:

theyankeechef@aol.com
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